So it’s been two days since I’ve been back home and I’m just starting to get myself back into a rhythm again. The pace I’ve been going lately has been fun but exhausting. Not only is it nice to slow down a bit and recover my energy, but I’ve pretty much been forced to do so since I brought home a rather unexpected souvenir from my trip — a sprained foot.
I gotta tell you, driving from LA to the Bay Area with a sprained foot is not my idea of a fun time. But I’m grateful that it was my left foot, otherwise, I don’t know how I would have been able to drive home. The foot is healing nicely and, while still very swollen, I can actually walk around now without too much of a limp.
Okay, enough about my foot. Let’s talk about the con. So you’re probably wondering which cast members appeared this year. Well, the answer is none.
This is the first I-ManiCon ever where this has happened. We all know that there are no guarantees. Things happen and this year they happened to everybody at the same time. Vince had a family reunion, Mike was out of town for a wedding, Eddie was in rehearsals for a play, Paul was doing who knows what, and I don’t have a clue about Shannon.
It pays to be flexible when going to an I-ManiCon. It also pays to stay in town a few extra days. Mike flew into town Sunday evening and stopped by the hotel where we were staying for a short visit. He was an absolute sweetheart to do so because he was exhausted from his trip and he still had an hour’s drive home that night. By the way, Mike and Sarah are having another boy and he’s due in November.
Paul was able to meet us at a restaurant in Santa Monica on Monday night. He brought a couple of friends with him and we had a great time.
The con itself was a fun reunion of old friends and a meeting of new ones. We did the typical con activities such as play games, watch I-Man videos, go out to eat…and this year we also had a poetry/song reading.
I’m afraid I failed miserably in the picture-taking department. I was all set to take pictures of the cast at the con, but they didn’t show up and I forgot to take my camera with me when we met with Mike and Paul. So once again I am dependent on others for pictures, which I hope to have in a week or two to show you.
Overall, it was a great time. Staying in LA a couple of extra days gave us time to do some sightseeing and gave us the flexibility to meet with Mike and Paul.
I’m looking forward to next year and hoping that all the cast can attend and more fans can join us in the fun!
Wow that wasn’t what i was hoping to read upon, but i’m glad that Paul and Mike made some time for you all 🙂 that was nice to read! i’m glad you had fun!
Dang. I was really hoping that Joel would get the invite and show up. Maybe next year. I plan to get out there next year! And Comic Con, too! 🙂
Why all the negatives? I-Man fans ALWAYS have a great time when they get together, and this year was no exception. This was the first IManicon I was able to go to in the last 3 years, and it was completely worth it. So what if none of the cast was able to make it on Saturday? Mike and Paul took time out of their hectic schedules just to meet with us. And we got to meet Paul’s friends, good company themselves, actor Lev Gorn (The Wire, Trenches) and makeup artist Jamie Ford (Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary), who had flown in to visit him for his birthday. How many others would stop what they are doing and take out-of-town company along with them just to drop in on some fans? Not only did we have great fun, but we extended the I-Man family. I’m already making plans for next year!
I was being negative? I wasn’t aware that I was. Sorry if I gave that impression.
I was trying to paint a balanced picture of what happened so that if other fans decide they want to attend in the future, they will be prepared for anything and make plans that are flexible enough to accomodate the unexpected.
But, yes, it was a lot of fun and Mike and Paul were wonderful for bending their schedules to meet with us. I really hope that more fans join us next year. It really is such a unique opportunity that we have to meet with our cast like this. Very few fandoms can boast a cast that is so willing to share their time with them.
I just think it’s important to stress that the point of IManicon is not to meet the cast of the show, and it never has been. IManicon is about getting together and having fun with friends who have a shared interest in The Invisible Man (2000). The fact that the cast members are generous with their time and come visit with us when they can is an exceptional bonus, and we’re grateful for it.
Well said, Laura.
Sorry about the ankle, though. I stopped counting scrapes and bruises myself, lol!